Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Europe

Aesthetic of ugliness – abandoned USSR buildings

Abandoned concert hall, Ukraine via flickr.com

USSR left its mark on the worldwide history and culture (or lack thereof) and this is a fact. While the historical facts are highly popular and often thought of as too obsolete to draw any more attention, the social sides of the story are often left out. Here’s why there are photographers all around the world preoccupied with telling a visual story of the kid of mark the communism actually left. ……

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Culture and religion, Western Europe

WWI British soldiers remembered by a crimson sea of puppies

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During World War I, 888,246 British soldiers died.To commemorate the British and colonial fatality, a ceramic poppy for each solider will be installed near the Tower of London. The project was led by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, who were also responsible for the idea. The red ceramic poppies are going to look like a flowing sea around the the tower. The commemoration, called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,  will be unveiled on August…

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Gear & Equipment, Travel Tips

Effective backpacking for a weekend city break

backpacking like a pro via gapyear.com

When it comes to packing, you have to be cruel to be kind. This is the thought that has to be top of mind whenever you’re thinking of going on a city break. Backpacking isn’t a hard thing in itself, as is the whole carrying thing. The key is not just to be able to make it fit inside the backpack, but being able to lift it from the ground afterwards. But first things first. The…

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Food

Authentic French foods – a taste of world’s most exquisite cuisine

Piperade via curedbybacon.wordpress.com

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.”  ERNEST HEMINGWAY There are countless reasons why I can’t stand away too much from French food. It’s not because I’m pretentious and snobbish, high-maintenance and weird. Gun to the head, French food is this good. You can quit cigarettes, coffee, give up junk…

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Eastern Europe, Food

Romania on a plate: delicious traditions from Eastern Europe

Photo Credits: jocooks.com

The central characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by repeated waves of different cultures: the ancient Greeks, with whom Romanians traded; the Romans, who gave the country its name; the Saxons, who settled in southern Transylvania; the Turks, who for centuries dominated Romania; as well as Slavic and Magyar neighbors. All of these influences gradually blended into the varied and delicious Romanian culinary tradition (Nicolae Keppler –…

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Destinations, Europe, Things to do, Travel List, Travel Tips

Mellow fall – European festivals to sugar-coat your autumn

Photo Credits: talkinfrench.com

There’s a whole special adventure you might be missing out on – participating to fall festivals in Europe. But even with the ever growing popularity of Oktoberfest, going to fall festivals still isn’t too high on the travel lists of Europeans. There’s a few reasons why this happens – first of all, everybody loves taking vacations in the summer, dispatching the autumn as a grey and monotonous season. Here, I’ll show you why this is…

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Europe, Sightseeing, Travel List, Travel Tips, Trip reviews

Wonder-fall destinations to paint a portrait of Europe

Photo Credits: luxuryretreats.com

I could tell you all the reasons why autumn is the best time for a Eurotrip, but winter would come by the end of my enumeration. So I’m only going to focus on the really helpful things. First of all, there are fewer people, given that most of the holidays are ended by September. It could seem like this is a disadvantage at first, but the true upside of this is that there will be…

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Architecture and art, Asia, Culture and religion, Food, Sightseeing, Things to do, Transportation, Travel Tips, Trip reviews, Uncategorized

Get a sense of the metropolitan life in Shanghai

Photo Credits: crccasia.com

There is no typical guide to visiting this city, and the impossibility of making it fit into a pattern is what makes it so memorable, after all. Unlike many of the popular tourist destinations, it’s hardly possible to make a list of monuments of which the Internet says they’re a must. Instead, Shanghai is all about discovering the bewildering variety, unfolding on the street level. And although it’s called the Paris of the East, you’ll…

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Europe, Things to do, Travel Tips

What spills the beans that you’re (still) a tourist in Paris

Photo Credits: zepelintour.ro

Of course there are always certain things that will speak of our origins, especially in those places which are teeming with culture. Anything can be either a sign of belonging or contrast, and it’s really hard to keep count of the things that scream ‘I’m a tourist’.  Along with it, I wouldn’t blame anyone who believes it’s almost impossible to look like a genuine resident in France. But with a little perseverance and attention to detail,…

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Food, Sightseeing, Ski, sports and adventure, Travel Tips, Trekking

Terschelling – the European heaven for a weekend trip

PHoto Credits: creative-culinary.com

It’s filled with fun and excitement all year long, and it’s the ideal place to discover the European wonders. The atmosphere is very different from what you usually expect to see in Netherlands, but the good kind of distinct: a unique nature reserve, arched-shaped and gracefully designed to make you come back for another holiday. I’ll just have to take the responsibility for this cliché, but if we’d have to choose the  European spot perfect…

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